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Average Salary for Saint Mary's College of California Alumni

Saint Marys College of California is a Roman Catholic university based in Moraga, Calif. that is home to around 3,000 undergraduates. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

Overall College ROI Rank
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ROI Rank for Private not-for-profit Universities
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Mid-Career Salary Rank for For Sports Fans
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Typical Early Career Salary
Saint Mary's College of California Alumni
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Financial Analyst
5 salaries
Business Operations Manager
3 salaries
Vice President (VP) Finance & Chief Financial Officer (CFO)
3 salaries
Account Executive
3 salaries
Client Relationship Manager
2 salaries
Information Management Specialist
2 salaries
District Sales Manager
2 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Nov 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 139
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Saint Mary's College of California Details


1928 Saint Marys Road
Moraga, CA 94556

Students Enrolled:



Private Schools, For Sports Fans, Religious

Graduation Rate:

62 %


5 %

% Stay In State:

85 %

% Receiving Pell Grants:

31 %
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Graduates of SMC head into a range of vocations when it comes to work; IT consulting, the construction industry, and public K-12 education are just a few professional areas popular among alumni. The banking industry is the sector most highly represented among alumni. Those with an education from SMC earn an average of $71K.


After graduation, disparities in salary rise to the surface — males tend to earn $83K per year compared to females' $68K.


Former SMC students with an interest in making money consider becoming VPs of Finance and Chief Financial Officers, the highest-paying gig (earnings amount to about $245K) among this alumni group. Other well-paid jobs include Business Operations Managers (around $107K) and Account Executives (approximately $97K). Collecting the smallest paychecks are Financial Analysts — they bring in $62K.


Those with a degree from SMC often relocate to San Francisco after college. San Jose is another hot spot for SMC grads, where salaries rank at the top of the pay scale (compensation averages out to about $111K). SMC alumni in Sacramento can often be found sliding in at the lower end of the pay scale, where median paychecks are the smallest at approximately $61K. Other popular cities for SMC alumni include nearby San Ramon and Oakland.

Degree Major

Former Gaels who fare the best in terms of salary hold an Executive Masters of Business Administration (Exec MBA), Business Management and earn $134K per year. A Bachelor of Science in Biology offers the lowest annual financial reward ($51K).


SMC grads are usually competent in Project Management, and about a fifth of alumni continue practicing this skill in their career. Knowledge of Operations Management seems to be related to bigger paychecks; in fact, skilled alumni bring in salaries that are 30 percent more than their former classmates' salaries ($93K). Experience with Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and Financial Analysis is highly valued as well.

Benefits and Perks

Only about half of the alumni enjoy paid vacation and one in three grads receive sick leave. For this school, the greater part of grads are the recipients of health benefits, and a fair portion of graduates pick up dental plans, too. A strong majority of survey participants participate in a 401(k) program. Saint Marys College of California graduates also take advantage of a casual working environment, a company-subsidized cell phone, life insurance, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

Alumni of California Lutheran University pick up average paychecks of $63K, which is closest to the amount made by SMC grads among similar schools. Santa Clara University, Monterey Institute of International Studies, and Antioch University-Los Angeles are also similar to SMC.

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Test Scores
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SAT Scores 1500 1810
ACT Scores 22 27

Key Stats



58 %

female alumni


42 %

male alumni
$42,251 - $97,000
$45,615 - $116,440

Years of Experience

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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5
based on 48 votes.

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